The Ammonite Violin & Others

Caitlin R. Kiernan, Author
Caitlín R. Kiernan, Subterranean (, $25 (240p) ISBN 978-1-59606-305-1
Reviewed on: 06/14/2010
Release date: 06/01/2010
The 20 short, dark tales in Kiernan's third fantastical erotica collection (after Tales from the Woeful Platypus) are marked by obsessive, often self-destructive behavior; haunting, generally prophetic dreams; and beautiful prose. In the title story, an aging serial killer invites a young violinist to his isolated home on the anniversary of his murder of her cellist sister. In "The Hole with a Girl in Its Heart," an unhappy man makes a deal with a young woman who possesses a freakish understanding of quantum mechanics. In "Bridle," an equally unhappy woman begins to have unnerving dreams about a kelpie trapped in a small pond near her home. In "Ode to Edvard Munch," a man relates his long-term love affair with an urban vampire. These very adult stories will prove deeply pleasing to aficionados of literate, sexually tinged fantasy fiction. (Aug.)
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